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PlantFiles: Purple Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Delight'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Delight

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Maudie On Jun 18, 2004, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

This plant is easy to grow and reseeds well. It makes for good contrast of color among other plants. Can be considered invasive under good conditions but easy to control.

Positive Dirkwatkins On Jun 27, 2003, Dirkwatkins from Conyers, GA wrote:

This plant will take over your garden if not controlled. Purple Basil is a good companion plant for most vegetables with the exception of cabbage and snap beans. It is said to improve growth as well as flavor. Best harvested in early autumn before cold weather sets in and leaves turn limp and yellow. Many uses, culinary, cosmetic, aromatic as well as medicinal. Beautiful plant!

Positive 12703 On Jun 23, 2003, 12703 wrote:

My daughter gave me 3 little starts last year. they did real good. got really tall & full. Pretty little flowers. for this year I thought it had died, but the seeds blew all over the 2 gardens. now it has almost taken over.needs to be planted where it can go wild.It has pretty dark purple leaves.I thined it out & threw what I didn't . It's coming up all over. Grows anywhere


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Foley, Alabama
Pompano Beach, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Madison, Mississippi
Raeford, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Waco, Texas

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